The 2021 Ford Escape was one of those responsible for popularizing the compact SUV segment exactly two decades ago. The 2021 model is now ready and corresponds to the fourth generation, created from a new platform, with unprecedented technology in the segment and a wide range of mechanical options, including a pair of hybrids.
If in its appearance you find a lot in common with the new Focus, it is because both models were developed from the same C2 platform and share aesthetic current. Ford mentions that the 2021 Escape is inspired by the sports car models in the house: the grille comes from the sixth-generation Mustang and the fascia from the GT.
The exterior dimensions change to make it wider, longer, and lower, as well as more aerodynamic. The cabin promises a high use of the interior space thanks to a sliding second row, capable of making it the C-SUV with more legroom or benefitting the cargo volume, with a capacity of 1,061 liters.
A fun-to-drive SUV
Ford promises the 2021 Escape is its best-performing compact SUV and a lot of fun to drive. The new platform allows you to increase your rigidity, improve the ride quality, and reduce your weight; according to versions, the Escape gets rid of up to 90 kg compared to the last generation.
The range of engines is very wide. The smallest is a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost block, capable of generating 180 hp and 177 lb-ft. It has cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel; you can reactivate them in a matter of 14 milliseconds so as not to compromise the smoothness of the handling.
The EcoBoost goes with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Hybrids use a CVT.
The other gasoline engine is exclusive to the Titanium version: a 250-hp, 275-lb-ft 2.0-liter EcoBoost. This, like the 1.5-liter, is associated with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and can be ordered with all-wheel drive.
One of the main novelties of the Escape 2021 is the arrival of two hybrid versions. The first corresponds to the fourth generation of Ford’s hybrid system and includes a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Atkinson cycle engine, assisted by an electric drivetrain, which together develops 198 hp and can circulate in electric mode up to 136 km / h. Ford estimates a range of 885 km.
A second hybrid variant with plug-in technology will join the range in a year. This Escape Plug-in Hybrid can be recharged in 3.5 hours connected to a 240 V Level 2 outlet. Depending on the brand, its electric range will be more than 48 km.
A smart and connected Escape
All the technology that Ford has developed for its production models is present in the new Escape, starting with the number of screens. Now you can equip a 12.3 “digital instrument cluster with 3D graphics, as well as a new head-up display – available for the first time on the continent – and a SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8” screen. It is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and can incorporate a 10-speaker B&O sound system.
Thanks to the FordPass Connect system, passengers can connect up to 10 devices to the 4G LTE network via WiFi. The system also allows owners remote access to the vehicle through the phone, from where they can open or close the doors, locate the car, and even start it.
In terms of security, there is also an important evolution. In addition to including the full range of assistance from the Ford Co-Pilot 360 package as standard, with autonomous emergency brake and pedestrian detection, the brand offers its customers adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and centering function on the lane.
The two newest safety systems in the 2021 Escape are the second generation of Active Park Assist, capable of automatically parking the vehicle in parallel or perpendicular, without the need for the driver to touch the gear lever, steering wheel, accelerator, or brake. The second system is called Evasive Steering Assist: it detects slow-moving objects or stationary vehicles and provides steering assistance to avoid an imminent collision.
The 2021 Ford Escape could arrive in USA this year
The fourth-generation 2021 Ford Escape will be available in the United States in S, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Titanium trim starting this fall; The units will be manufactured at Ford’s facilities in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2021 model is likely to arrive in USA later this year.
Upon reaching the market, the 2021 Ford Escape will compete against long-standing models such as Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan X-Trail, KIA Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, among others.